ONAWAY, MICH— A company in northeast Michigan received a boost in funding from the state of Michigan that will contribute to investment in the area.
Moran Iron Works in Onaway has been granted more than $500,000 to purchase new equipment and take on an additional marine project each year. Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Cora McLennan, says the grant will sustain nearly 100 jobs and increase production.
“This investment allows us to further our investment in the communities around us and provide more stability and provide good paying jobs for the men and women of this area.”
Moran has been around for more than 40 years, and focuses on a number of projects, including building boats like this one from the ground up.
The Kayak Express will soon be operational as a kayaking boat, carrying passengers to the upper peninsula’s *Pictured Rocks* tourist attraction. Project Manager Lee Fayssoux says the crew has put in countless hours to ensure the boat is finished on time.
“Man hours allotted for this job are in the uppers of 11 to 12,000 man hours that we have put into this. We’ve worked split shifts, probably for a month and recently came off that, we’re back to day shift and the guys are putting in 10 hour days. So we’re right there to get it across the finish line.
The Kayak Express is expected to be fully functional within the next two weeks. Expect to hear more about projects from Moran in the near future.